In 2012 we will build a dwelling place on our land.
We are working with Whole Trees Architecture and Construction on drawing up plans to design a structure built of locally grown (many grown on our own property), unmilled timbers. These won’t be the best “specimen” trees around. Instead they’ll be “seconds”, trees that a healthy woods may be better off parting with. Threes sides of our house will be straw bale, and the fourth south-facing wall will be optimized for winter solar heat gain.
Up until a few days ago, we had been planning to do a metal roof, but we’ve now decided our house will have a sod roof.
Our architect has suggested sod several times, but I’ve always been hesitant. I was afraid of the same things everyone is when they haven’t research the topic. It seems so messy. What if it leaks? But increasing familiarity has allayed my fears, and the decision to switch to sod just seemed to fall into place.
A sod roof is the best choice for us because it can have a flatter pitch, which will accommodate our house plan, and conversely a sod roof can also follow irregular contours, which will allow us to have a roof that slopes and curves in several directions, which also best fits our plans and our unmilled materials.
It’s amazing how right the sod solution feels now. Our architect draws her designs in a studio with a sod roof, so it’s not an unfamiliar concept to her. And there is more and more literature extolling the virtues of sod roofs. They are warmer in the winter, cooler in the summer. They are environmentally friendly on a range of levels. They are not that hard to make, and they can be incredibly durable.
In celebration of our weekend roof revelations, here is a smorgasbord of you tubes that look at sod roofs from many perspectives.
Take a visual tour of sod roofs. But be warned.
You might start thinking about sod yourself.
combines some benefits of green roofs with a demo of the necessary layers used in one approach to building sod roofs. One thing I’ve learned is there are almost as many ways to seal your sod as there are sod roofs.
shows how sod cut from a building site was used on the building’s roof. It looks very official with hard hats and everything.
shows people mowing their roof. A little obsessive compulsive for my taste. These crazy ducks are even weed whacking around their chimney. I mean, really!
I’m envisioning a roof that looks like a flowering meadow, but of course, a lot of variables will have to be considered before we decide what we will plant on our roof.
emphasizes the global environmental benefit of sod roofs. After a lengthy preamble, they do show some interesting examples of green roofs in cities as well as rural settings from around the world
shows how one contractor goes about building green roofs. A little industrial for my taste, but it seems to work.
some environmentally friendly architecture including several very dramatic homes with green roofs from around the world. This is architectural eye candy.
SO, WHAT WOULD SCARE YOU MOST ABOUT LIVING UNDER A SOD ROOF?
Categories: Eco architecture